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Here’s Why We’re Excited For Hip Hop Evolution’s Season 4

Hip Hop Evolution is back for season 4 and we, along with the rest of the hip hop lovers out there, could not be more thrilled. If you haven’t been following this enlightening docu-series along for the past 3 seasons

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Your Favorite #ThrowbackThursday Outfits Are Making a Comeback

It has long been said that trends repeat themselves every few decades, and this decade has been no different. This decade brought us the revival of leggings, big earrings, and extra-long nails; each trend returning more glorious than its original

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Yasiin Bey Brings New Album Negus To Brooklyn Museum

Earlier this month Yasiin Bey aka as Mos Def quietly debuted his new album Negas (pronounced neh-goose) as a multi-media installation at the Brooklyn Museum. Over the years Mos Def has given us profound lyrics with blended sounds of rock

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Why We’re Patiently Waiting For A Kids See Ghosts Sequal

There has been a lot of speculation of a sequel since the summer 2018 release of Kids See Ghosts, the album by creative duo Kid Cudi and Kanye West. The album marked a milestone in hip-hop history, as a creative

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The Wu-Tang Clan Is Working on a New Album

The members of the Wu-Tang Clan have revealed that the iconic hip-hop collective is working on a new album. The new projected will be led by Ghostface Killah, which comes to a surprise, as past projects were usually helmed by RZA in the past.

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A Review: A$AP Rocky’s “Testing”

🚧⚠️🚧 A post shared by PRETTY FLACKO (@asaprocky) on May 25, 2018 at 1:12pm PDT Since his emergence on the music scene in 2011, A$AP Rocky has always colored outside of the lines and pushed the limits of who and

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Hip Hop Is Embracing Health: Styles P & Jadaskiss Edition

These days, it’s pretty common to see people in hip-hop take on ventures outside of music. Rather it’s fashion, restaurants, or real-estate, we love our hip-hop moguls. Even though we adore the talent and the hustle, people within our country

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Salt-N-Peppa & En Vogue Make History at the BBMA’s

This year’s Billboard Music Awards was filled with all kinds of Black girl magic. From Janet Jackson being the first Black woman to receive an Icon Award to Normani’s killer performance – we couldn’t help but notice supreme talent that graced the

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Jungle Pussy’s ‘JP3’ Should Be Every Woman’s Summer Soundtrack

After two years, our favorite Brooklyn rapper is back with more tunes for our headtops! Like Jungle Pussy’s sophomore album, Pregnant With Success, JP3 includes 10 songs but features a number of guest appearances from Rico Love, Gangsta Boo, Wiki and Quiñ. The album

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#WomanCrushinItWednesday: The Trinidadian Women of Hip Hop

It’s safe to say we’ve taken the word “woman” to an entire new level. “The Woman” is fearless, strong, elegant, and task-oriented in 2018 and at VashtieDotCom, we’re here for it. On Wednesdays we celebrate not only a woman we’re

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“Roxanne Roxanne” is now on Netflix

Roxanne Shanté was the first solo female rapper who solidified her place in music history by recording a response track to U.T.F.O’s “Roxanne, Roxanne” titled “Roxanne’s Revenge” at the age of 14; this single hit No. 22 on the Billboard

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Joey Bada$$ Presents ’47 Minutes’ Podcast on Tidal

Brooklyn’s own, Joey Bada$$, has teamed up with Tidal and launched the inaugural episode of the 47 Minutes podcast, alongside his co-host Nastee (a longtime sound engineer and mentor.) In this first episode, Joey invites fellow MC’s Vince Staples and Styles P to

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Migos “Culture II” Surpasses 1 Billion Streams

The Migos are already starting off 2018 with a bang! Their recent album ‘Culture II’ is currently at the number two slot on Billboard’s 200 charts and has just surpassed one billion streams in a month’s time. Culture II contains the

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Black History Month Highlight: Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott

Five-time Grammy Award-winning rapper, singer, songwriter, dancer and producer, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott has consistently pushed the boundaries of Hip-Hop with a string of classic hit singles and memorable music videos. She is a businesswoman who holds full creative control over her

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Film Friday: Kanye West Produced Film “Honor Up” Drops Today

For everyone who’s been wondering where Kanye West has been, we may have found what has been keeping him M.I.A – executive producing! A couple years ago, producer, Damon Dash released a trailer for an upcoming film project that was

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Black History Month Highlight: Lovebug Starski

Kevin Smith (May 16, 1960 – February 8, 2018), best known by his stage name Lovebug Starski, was a respected MC, musician, record producer, and DJ. Aside from his name being mentioned in the lyrics of iconic musicians such as

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Black History Month Highlight: DJ Spinderella

The art of being a Disc Jockey requires a ton of fearlessness, perseverance, and consistency. For a woman in that field, it requires even more. In the early stages of Hip-Hop, there were a few female DJ’s who paved the

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The Beastie Boys are Dropping a Memoir this Fall

Beastie Boys member, Mike D, has officially confirmed that there will be a memoir dropping this Fall. This is amazing news for old-school Hip-Hop and Rock-n-Roll fans alike! The group recently stopped in for a conversation at Beats 1 with radio host,

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4 the Culture: Rap has Officially Become the Most Popular Genre in Music

According to 2017’s End-of-Year music report conducted by Neilson.com, Hip-Hop music has officially surpassed every other genre when it comes to consumption. While this is not exactly new news, the statistics behind this observation are, in fact, groundbreaking. R&B/Hip-Hop represented almost

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N.E.R.D.: No_One Ever Really Dies | Review

  “The truth will set you free but first it will piss you off.” The comeback is always stronger than the setback, as the N.E.R.D.s are not only back, but better than ever. Self-titling their fifth album as the acronym, “No_one

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Sonny Digital Talks the current state of Hip-Hop, his top 5 producers, a future rap career and more

You know a Sonny Digital record when you hear one. Not only only does the Atlanta born producer have a distinct producer tag, but the instrumentation used in his beats along with the heavy hitting bass sets allows is production

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Kanye West Trademarks “Yeezy Sounds” For New Streaming Service

Kanye West is never short of ideas. t’s reported that he has trademarked “Yeezy Sound” for a streaming service. This comes after the very public blow out between Ye and his former business endeavor with Jay-z, Tidal. Kanye asked for

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Cardi B’s Rise to Stardom and Track Record Speaks for Itself

The glow up Cardi B exudes is not one to ignore. After solidifying herself as a social media powerhouse and fashion muse, the breakout star from the Bronx, NY just signed a multi-million dollar deal with Atlantic Records. She now

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Today’s Hip Hop Correlates Music with Fashion through Personal Style

Over the years, Hip-Hop has emerged itself into the fashion world. There now is a thin line between high fashion and the Hip-Hop culture itself. Artist are now brand ambassadors and who the world looks to to find a new

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The progression of Gender Roles in Hip-Hop

Hip-hop started as a predominately male dominated genre. There were strict ‘rules’ about what the sound should be, how an artist should dress and the masculinity of the artist. Once females joined the genre, gender roles seemed to tighten up

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Cinematic Saturday: Jay-z’s ‘A Genius Leaves the Hood’

Before we begin, let us start with the facts. Sean Carter, known to most as Jay-Z was born December 4th, 1969 in Brooklyn, NY. Growing up in Marcy Projects, Jay-Z would go from a (very profitable) drug dealer to an

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The evolution of hip hop and fashion through the decades

Over the years, hip hop has done more than just influence the music industry. Hip hop has somehow found its way into the world of television commercials, movies, food, and even into the fashion. Though many factors have contributed to

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Vashtiedotcom Mix: Moody Days

Sunny days are here, but sometimes our energy is still cloudy– and that’s ok. This playlist is for all of the moody tings across the globe, going through the motions of life and riding the wave. Sometimes we don’t feel ourselves for

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Master P: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

It’s not often we have the opportunity to walk among icons as many–sadly–meet their maker prior to gaining recognition for their accomplishments. Fortunately, Master P–one of hip hop’s major moguls–is still making us say “ughhh” and encouraging today’s youth and

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23 Years Later: Remembering Outkast’s ‘Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik’

Back in the ’90s, rappers were recognized by the coast. The west side had rappers like Ice Cube, Dr.Dre, Spice 1, and Warren G. The east coast had The Notorious B.I.G, Big Daddy Kane, and Public Enemy. Even though greatness

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Past And Present: The Evolving Role of the DJ

Written in assistance, first half, by Adam Bandoo The DJ has always been and continues to be the mitochondria when it comes to moving crowds and keeping the parties bumpin’ all at the power of their fingertips. Culturally speaking, in

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Bay Rapper Larry June Expects Everything Organic

“Sock it to me,” “Good job, Larry,” & “Yeah, baby,”  are just a few of the 70’s inspired phrases you’ll hear frequently from Bay Area rapper, Larry June. Arguably, his most memorable signature phrase is “Yee”– which is peppered throughout each of

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UPDATE: Our Top Projections For ‘XXL’s Freshman Class 2017’

It was no easy feat to come up with this year’s contenders for XXL‘s notorious freshman class. In the past, we relied on an A&R and word of mouth to spread the word about new artists. We blindly trusted the

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School Girl Crush: Method Man

Perhaps it’s his thuggish ruggish persona, or maybe it’s his ability to balance his street credibility with his aptitude for business. Either way, Method Man always has and always will have the juice as far as we’re concerned. Born Clifford Smith,

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Snoop Dogg To Honor Tupac Shakur With Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Tupac‘s legendary career will be celebrated next month with the late rapper’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pac’s former label mate and contemporary, Snoop Dogg, is also set to oversee the installation– making the honorary ceremony nothing but a

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The Cool Kids Reunite In Psychedelic New Video “TV Dinner”

Crispy Chi-Town rap greats, The Cool Kids, went their separate ways an odd number of years ago–but the duo, comprised of Chuck Inglish and Mikey Rocks, are back and seemingly here to stay. The eclectic lyricists recently blessed fans with

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Rick Rubin Has Created Masterpieces In Music For Virtually Every Genre Imaginable

For nearly 4 decades, Rick Rubin has contributed to the generation of some of music’s most noteworthy records. While many producers stick to a specific sound, Rubin has crossed music boundaries, creating masterpieces of sound for virtually every genre imaginable.

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A Gentle Reminder That Positivity Is Cool From Your Favorite Rappers

Hip-Hop often gets a bad rap for promoting violence and disrespect for women among other things. Fortunately, several talented artists are taking the craft back into their hands and reshaping how we listen to and feel towards Hip-Hop. Below are

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Kodak Breaks Our “Tunnel Vision” With Controversial New Video

Amidst the current chaos within the country (and with a fresh haircut), Kodak Black drops the highly anticipated track “Tunnel Vision” alongside a controversial music video. Unlike his previous music videos, Kodak takes a political approach in visually depicting the single.

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Celebrate Hip-Hop History With The ‘RAP365’ Calendar

Merriam-Webster defines the term history as a chronological record of significant events often including an explanation of their cause. According to this definition, one could compare history to an experience. Which is something Hip-Hop fans from all generations can relate

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